The Cosmic Codex
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Club Codex (January 2024): "The Extractionist" by Kimberly Unger

Club Codex (January 2024): "The Extractionist" by Kimberly Unger

Read and discuss the Philip K. Dick Award winning cyberpunk novel
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Club Codex is discussing The Extractionist by Kimberly Unger from January 29-February 17. We’re starting this novel a bit late. I’ve been running behind due to an illness in January. Kimberly received the Philip K. Dick Award for her novel last year.

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From the publisher’s website:

“Eliza McKay is, by extreme necessity, a low-profile Extractionist. McKay is an expert in the virtual reality space where minds are uploaded as digital personas. When rich or important people get stuck in the Swim for reasons that are sleazy, illegal, or merely unlucky—it’s her job to quietly extract them. And McKay’s job just got a lot more dangerous.

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After McKay repels an attack on her Swim persona, hired thugs break into her house to try to hack her cybernetic implants directly. Meanwhile, the corporate executive she was hired to rescue from VR space is surprisingly reluctant to be extracted. Something is lurking in the Swim, and some very powerful people will stop at nothing to keep it secret. This job might be the big break McKay has been waiting for to reboot her career—if she can survive long enough to beat the hackers at their own game.”

Here’s the discussion schedule for January and February:

January 29- February 7: Chapters 1-14

February 8-17: Chapter 15-Afterword

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The Club Codex selection for the second half of February is:

February: Cloud-Castles by Dave Freer (N.B. This article originally stated, incorrectly, that it would be “Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion” by K. Tempest Bradford.")

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